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fire marshal

noun

  1. an official heading a bureau for the prevention or investigation of fires.
  2. a person who has charge of the fire-prevention equipment and personnel of an industrial plant.


fire marshal

noun

  1. a public official responsible for investigating the causes of fires, enforcing fire prevention laws, etc
  2. the head of a fire prevention organization


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Word History and Origins

Origin of fire marshal1

First recorded in 1860–65

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Example Sentences

The army discharged Loomis for conduct unbecoming an officer because a fire marshal found a homemade sex tape in the ashes.

Tinney, who worked as a fire marshal for the FDNY, was assigned mortuary duty after the towers came down, identifying bodies both at the site and in the department’s morgue on 30th Street in Manhattan.

From Time

People have voiced their support for keeping the structures forever but fire marshals don’t care about nice dining ambiance and the city seemed ready to bring the sometimes very elaborate patios down.

By early Monday evening, flames had destroyed at least 50 structures, including seven homes, Gert Zoutendijk, a fire marshal assisting the response, told The Washington Post.

He became a fire marshal in 1992 and was at the scene after the World Trade Center was bombed the following year.

Bucca hung up the phone and started up the stairway with fellow fire marshal John Devery.

Inspector McCausland had just parted company with the fire marshal and was sauntering carelessly about.

At the head of the department there is usually an official called a fire chief or fire marshal, appointed by the mayor.

It was Pete Ellinwood, the fire marshal of the village and custodian of the apparatus.

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